Monday, February 18, 2019,
Room 100, Lovejoy Building

A lecture in the “Presence of the Past Series” with Sonja Thomas, associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Many Catholic dioceses in rural areas of the U.S. are recruiting and hiring missionary priests from India. The Great-Falls-Billings diocese of central and eastern Montana is one of them. Priests from India are entering into an area that Winona LaDuke has called “the Deep North,” where anti-immigrant sentiments, white supremacy, and anti-Native racism are prevalent. This (autoethnography?) examines settler-colonial history, Catholicism in rural Montana, and the migration of priests from India to the region. Thomas grew up in eastern Montana and is the author of Privileged Minorities: Syrian Christianity, Gender, and Minority Rights in Postcolonial India. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Contact: Megan Fossa,, 207-859-4165

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